You might wonder why I am wearing my winter hat, coat, and gloves in July. It’s not because of cold weather, today it is supposed to get up to 32°C (90°F), so I don’t really need them for warmth. The reason is all of the damn mosquitoes. Hoards of the devilish pests now saturate the air around our house and at Koeneman Park. So far its been okay in McBride and I hope it remains so because tonight is our outdoor jam at the train station.
We get three types of mosquitoes in the Robson Valley. First out in the Spring are the big dozy ones. They are slow, easy to kill, and don’t really present much of a problem. They are followed by the middle-sized mosquitoes. They are a bit faster and a bit more irritating. The last type of mosquitoes are the worst. They are small, numerous, very aggressive, and quick. They find you immediately and often seem to hit you, instead of flying around you. You can feel their bite more. That is the type we are getting now and I can’t express the depth of my hate for them.
The mosquitoes are tolerable as long as you are moving, but the second you stand still they are all over you. I can’t seem to get this message across to Kona, who likes to stop and smell all the scents on pieces of grass, that we have to keep on the move. It has been hell trying to water the garden in the evening. It is frustrating being in the house all of the time and I end up thinking; I need to go outside and do things, but once I am out there, it doesn’t take me long to remember why I was staying in the house.
I sure hope this curse doesn’t last too long.
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